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Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open Enrollment Tender Blossoms Preschool
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Tender Blossoms Preschool
Play Based Preschool/Daycare currently enrolling!
Date: Every day (Feb 6-Mar 5)
Ages: 1-5 Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Call 831-239-0117 to schedule a private tour

Come tour our sweet home based Preschool and Daycare for ages 1-5. Garden centered, serving organic, farm to table meals, circle time and yoga daily, arts and crafts, and music abounds! High quality infant, toddler and pre school age care in a home like environment. Call to schedule a private tour!


Location: 116 Trescony st., Santa cruz Map
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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

 

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.

 


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Spring Session Registration
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MusicalMe, Inc
Contact us today to register for classes for for a free trial class!
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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Spring Session Registration for MusicalMe begins March 1st!

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited.

Register March 1st for Spring or jump into our Winter Session now. We pro-rate and offer payment plans!

MusicalMe offers Music Together, Canta y Baila ConmigoTM, & Rhythm Kids classes in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties!

 

Contact us today to register for classes for for a free trial class!


831-438-3514
registrar@musicalme.com
www.musicalme.com

 

Registration for MusicalMe Spring Session offerings of Music Together, Canta y Baila ConmigoTM, & Rhythm Kids Classes opens March 1st! Visit www.MusicalMe.com to learn more!

 

Spring Session Registration for MusicalMe begins March 1st! Learn how to share the joys of music-making and the powerful benefits of having music in your young child's life.  Each child's natural musicality is nurtured, & grownups learn together with their children.  Our award-winning curriculum supports grownups to use our music & home materials to further engage children & experience the fun too!

 

We offer the following programs in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties:

 

Music Together® fosters an environment in which the joys of music-making and the powerful benefits of having music in your young child's life can be shared.  Each child's natural musicality is nurtured, & grownups learn together with their children.  Our research-based curriculum supports grownups to use our music & home materials to further engage children & experience the fun too!

 

Canta y Baila Conmigo® is a unique curriculum with dual, complimentary goals of music education and language immersion. Designed for beginners and native speakers alike, Canta y Baila Conmigo creates a playful, interactive atmosphere where language learning is integrated naturally and organically in the musical experience.

 

In Rhythm Kids® classes, students explore rhythm by playing with music from around the world. Music Together®-trained teachers lead dynamic classroom activities designed especially for early elementary students/preschoolers, and the discovery continues at home with the interactive Rhythm Kids videos, easily viewable on our app. As they drum, sing, and move to new rhythms, children naturally build musicality that helps them prepare for formal music lessons. Opportunities to solo, work in ensembles, and improvise support social and listening skills, self-expression, and self-confidence. Rhythm Kids Level 1 (RK1) is the next musical step for your preschool child (ages 4-5) with a parent or caregiver. Rhythm Kids Level 2 (RK2) is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5 through 8).

 

Bring your little ones and join us for music, learning, and fun at MusicalMe! Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited. Visit our website or call us to register for Spring or Winter Session, or for a free class today!

 

www.MusicalMe.com

(831)438-3514 - English and Espanol


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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Grief Support Group
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Hospice of Santa Cruz
ave you been struggling after the loss of a loved one? You are not alone. Join today's Grief Support Group led
Date: Every Fri (Mar 1-Mar 22) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Have you been struggling after the loss of a loved one? You are not alone. Join today's Grief Support Group led by Hospice of Santa Cruz from 1-2pm on Fridays through March 22nd.


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

 

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Apr 14)


(0 A March) LandscapeExhibit.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

    Friday, March 1 - Sunday, April 14, 2019

Location: 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Guided Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Elephant seals galore! 3 mile hike to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Mar 31) from 8:45am to 2:30pm
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

 

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227, or visit www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo.


For reservations, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.
These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 5-Dec 29) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Day use parking fee is $10.  Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville,  the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley's first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks.

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

Opened on a limited basis, the park will be open to the public one weekend day each month in 2019:

  • Sunday, Jan. 27
  • Saturday, Feb. 9
  • Sunday, March 10
  • Saturday, April 6
  • Sunday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Sunday, July 14
  • Saturday, Aug. 10*
  • Sunday, Sept. 15
  • Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Holidays on the Rancho, Saturday, Dec. 7

The open houses will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of the August event, which is 6-9 p.m. All events are free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

Learn more about how you can help create California's newest State Historic Park.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Salamander Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Celebrate our amphibian friends that make their way from beneath rocks and under logs to the creeks, wetlands and puddles
Date: 03/02/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 18 miles north of SC on Hwy 1

Salamander Saturday

Saturday, March 3 from 12pm to 4pm

 

"Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains" by Amy Patten at 1pm

Guided Hike at 3pm

Join us as the "Ranch of the Bear" becomes "Ranch of the Newt," celebrating our amphibian friends that make their way from beneath rocks and under logs to the creeks, wetlands, and puddles of the park. Live amphibians will be available for viewing. Ranger-led salamander hike will start at 3pm on the mile long Marsh Trail. Herpetologist Amy Patten is presenting


Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains," an all ages presentation at 1pm. This free event is appropriate for all ages. 

 

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Old Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Old-Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Explore the redwoods!
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturday, June 1 at noon and 2pm

Saturday, June 8 at noon and 2pm

Saturday, June 15 at noon and 2pm

Saturday, June 22 at noon and 2pm

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.


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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Plan Ahead for Summer Backpacking
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Backpacking Trips June, July and August
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 19-May 26)
Ages: 18+ and 13-17 with parent Admission Fees: $225

(0 A January 2019) Backpacking_Parks2019.jpgWho better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Three backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2019 ranging from two to three nights, offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, and sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, email backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and California State Parks.

Trip Options:

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019


Location: Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Our Community Reads
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Libraries
Special events celebrating the life of Monterey Bay
Date: Every day (Mar 2-Mar 14)


(0 A January 2019) Book_TheLifeandDeathofMontereyBay.jpgThe Friends of the Aptos Library designed this program to bring members of the Santa Cruz County community together around one book. Over 40 Friends of the Library voted to select the winner, and on October 1, 2018 we announced the winning book: The Death & Life of Monterey Bay by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka

 

The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival is the biography of a place, but also of the residents who reclaimed it - even residents on this idyllic California coast may not realize its full history. Monterey began as a natural paradise, but became the poster child for industrial devastation in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. When the fish ran out and the climate turned, the factories emptied and the community crumbled. Today, Monterey's economy and wildlife are resplendent... through the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. The shores of Monterey Bay revived because of human passion - passion that enlivens every page of this hopeful book.

 

 

March 2 - *Docent-led walk at Elkhorn Slough. Having learned about the slough in Mark Silberstein's talk on February 12, come see for yourself what the slough is all about, and learn more about the area. Elkhorn Slough was designated a Wetland of international Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. This is a beautiful hiking spot, with largely flat trails that are perfect for an easy walk. Trails lead through marshes, woodlands and alongside tidal creeks where you can see pelicans, herons, egrets, sea lions, crabs, otters and... maybe sharks! 9:30 a.m. start time and a 10 a.m. to noon hike around South Marsh Loop, brings you back in time to either set up a picnic lunch or head to Moss Landing for local eats. ~ Elkhorn Slough Visitor Center ~ 9:30 a.m. to noon.

 

March 7 - Aptos High School and Delta School "Art and Poetry" Event. Students will present original works of poetry, and personal stories relating to the book. An exhibition will be on display by AHS art students and Delta School students as a competition to redesign the book jacket of The Death and Life of Monterey Bay. Come see and applaud the creativity and imagination of these young people! ~ Aptos High School Performing Arts Building ~ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

 

March 10 - *Elkhorn Slough Boat Safari. Playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, boisterous sea lions, and hundreds of bird species abound as you explore one of California's most spectacular wetlands aboard a stable, 27-foot, U.S. Coast Guard-inspected pontoon boat. Fun and informative for the whole family! $30 per person, only 22 seats available. ~ Dock A, Moss Landing South Harbor, 7881 Sandholdt Road ~ 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ~ RSVP required. This event is now full. To get on wait list write to us at: friendsoftheaptoslibrary@fscpl.org.


March 14 - Lunch with Steinbeck ~ Topsy Smalley, Research Librarian and Cabrillo College Librarian Emerita will lead a fun discussion of Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Come get your literary fix and enjoy delicious barbeque, while discussing this timeless tale of Doc (based on the real Ed Ricketts) and the colorful characters who inhabit this tale of the cannery district of Monterey during Steinbeck's time. For a taste of this Steinbeck classic click here. Bring your friends to this fun and yummy fundraising event: 15% of the proceeds will be donated by Aptos St. BBQ to the Friends of the Aptos Library ~ Aptos St. BBQ, 8059 Aptos St. ~ 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


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We Bring the Sandhills to You!
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation -its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

We Bring the Sandhills to You!

Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation-its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving this special habitat -at our Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center in the parking lot next to the Nature Store. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.

 

Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

 

Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Santa Cruz Orchid Show & Sale
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Santa Cruz Orchid Society and Soquel High School FFA/ROP
Date: Every day (Mar 2-Mar 3)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Orchid Show and Sale. You are invited to come and view hundreds of orchids at our yearly event. Learn from experts on how to re-pot orchids and become a confident grower of beautiful orchids. You can learn how to grow many orchids outdoors.

 

3/2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 3/3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Location: Cabrillo Horticultural Center, 6500 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Join staff & docents on a tour of what's in bloom.

Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month, Free with your Arboretum admission. 

 

Admission to the Arboretum

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students
  • Free to Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum members and Arboretum volunteers
  • Free to members of gardens participating in the American Horticulture Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program
  • Free on first Tuesday of each month, Community Day.
  • Docent-lead tours can be arranged by advance request. The $10 per person cost includes admission to the Arboretum.

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Do you want to see more bike facilities in Watsonville?
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MBOSC
Learn about the future of cycle based recreation and transportation in Watsonville
Date: 03/02/2019 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Do you want to see more bike facilities in Watsonville? Trails? Pumptracks? We sure do. The Watsonville Parks Department has begun work on several planning processes that will lay out the future of cycle based recreation and transportation in Watsonville, and they are asking the public what they would like to see. MBOSC has submitted a proposal to build a pumptrack at Ramsay Park, and we need the public to speak-up in support of it through this process to make it happen. Please attend one of the following meetings and speak-up for cycling access and facilities!


Interactive Workshops
These general workshops will gather input on the Strategic Plan and Master Plans.

  • Thurs, Feb 28, 6-8pm at Civic Plaza Community Room 
  • Sat, March 2, 12-2pm at Civic Plaza Community Room
  • Thurs, March 7, 6-8pm at Ramsay Park Family Center

Ramsay Park/Strategic Plan Specific Workshop

  • Wed, April 10, 6-8pm at Ramsay Park Family Center

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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) MakersMarket_Downtown.jpgTime to get your shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets.

 

10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !


See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun. Free with admission to the Seymour Center.

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Oct 29-Apr 29)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

A shadow day is an excellent way to experience a day at Kirby and to see if our school is a good fit for your student. We will pair your student with a host who has similar interests. They will spend the day together, attending classes, hanging out with other Kirby students, and enjoying lunch with friends in the renowned Kirby Café.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled for any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202, email admissions@kirby.org, or use the Contact Us link below.
Schedule »

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
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Library Scotts Valley
Board Games for adults!
Date: Every Mon from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A February 2019) Library_BoardGames2.jpgBOARD IN THE LIBRARY


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6:30-8:30 p.m.


ADULTS need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games.

 

No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Some of the titles we carry are:

Settlers of Catan
Disney Monopoly
Deadwood Studios, USA
Star Trek: The Interactive VHS Board Game
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Unspeakable Words
Candy Land
Pandemic
Battleship
Apples to Apples
Elder Sign
Bananagrams
Lord of the Fries
Ticket to Ride
King of New York

D&D Basic Board Game
Shogi

Dead of Winter
7 Wonders
Elysium
Disney Scene It
Flick 'Em Up
Vikings on Board
Last Night on Earth
Imhotep
Flash Point
Dixit
Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Kill Doctor Lucky (Board game and card game)
Paris Connection
Dominion

chess, backgammon, and checkers

Codenames
Stuff and Nonsense
Tak
Exploding Kittens
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Turbulence
Braiiiins!
Zombie DIce
Fluxx
Black Market Warehouse
Evil Baby Orphanage
Give Me the Brain!
Unexploded Cow
Brawl
The Star Wars Game
Clue
Whodunit
and more!

Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness
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Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness
Date: Every Mon (Feb 25-Apr 1) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5019647

(0 A January 2019) Library_Mindfulness.jpgThis 6-week series of classes introduces you to mindfulness meditation practices. Because the class curriculum builds on itself, please begin the course no later than week 3 (Monday, March 11). Registration is recommended.

Grounded in ancient wisdom traditions and adapted for modern life, mindfulness practice can help us lower psychological and physical stress, communicate more effectively, improve focus, and increase self-awareness and compassion.

Topics to be covered include Putting a Pause in Autopilot, Being Right Where You Are, The Storytelling Mind, and Re-wiring the Brain for Joy and Happiness. Practices taught include mindfulness of body, breath, thoughts, and feelings, as well as meditation practices that cultivate compassion for self and others. Each class will begin with a gentle mindful movement practice, such as Chi Gong (Qi Gong).

This is an experiential class and the skills developed come directly out of the class practice as well as a home practice. Small and large group discussion (bringing the quality of kind awareness to listening and talking) help us come to a more clear understanding of the practice.

Classes are taught by Ann Bolger Peruzzi, PhD.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Knitting @ the Library
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Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Parents and their newborns are welcome! Led by postpartum doulas, lactation counselors and an AMFT.

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Grupo de Triple P de 8 Sesiones: para familias con adolescentes
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TripleP
Parenting classes, Teens, Communication with Teens, en Espaol
Date: Every Tues (Feb 2-Mar 19) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Parents and Teens Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: La primera sesin es una orientacin de grupo obligatorio: sbado, el 2 de febrero, 10-11:30 am Sesiones 2 a 8: Cada martes, del 5 de febrero al 19 de marzo, 6 - 8 pm. Presentado en espaol. Comunquese con Gladys Gmez al (831) 724-2997 x220

Grupo de Triple P de 8 Sesiones: para familias con adolescentes


La primera sesión es una orientación de grupo obligatorio: sábado, el 2 de febrero, 10-11:30 am
Sesiones 2 a 8: Cada martes, del 5 de febrero al 19 de marzo, 6 - 8 pm


Asista a este Grupo de Triple P de 8 semanas para conocer a otras familias con adolescentes y aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudarán a: Construir relaciones positivas con su adolescente; Entender y reconocer las influencias diarias en el comportamiento de su adolescente; Responder a los retos de crianza con calma y consistencia; Enseñarle a su adolescente cómo resolver problemas y hacer frente a situaciones de riesgo; Tener más confianza sobre la crianza de su adolescente.


Location: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Dr., Watsonville Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues (Oct 9-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
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Controlando las luchas por el poder y los berrinches
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Cmo prevenir los berrinches y fomentar comportamientos positivos ...
Date: 03/05/2019 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: En espaol. (831) 724-2997 x212

Taller de Triple P: Controlando las luchas por el poder y los berrinches
5 de marzo, 5 - 6:30 pm
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Asista a este taller GRATIS de crianza para aprender: Cómo prevenir los berrinches y fomentar comportamientos positivos; Cómo ayudar a su hijo o su hija a calmarse rápidamente; Entender maneras efectivas de manejar los berrinches.

Este taller es GRATIS y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Liliana Zamora, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Liliana Zamora al (831) 724-2997 x212 o lilianaz@cbridges.org
o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 724-2997 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 2380 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues (Jan 29-Mar 19) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class series

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of preschoolers) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.

 

Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.


Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

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Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Anime Club
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Library Watsonville
Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

The Anime Club is open to all students in 6th - 12th grades. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the Month 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m.. If you are 13 or younger, but still in 6th grade, you will need to bring a signed Anime Club Permission Form (PDF) with you to the meeting.

 

All about Manga & Anime


The History of Manga from NMP International Blackmoon's Anime and Manga Glossary to his
Anime Companion Books Mechademia: A journal of all things anime, manga, games and pop-culture about Japan.


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

  • Create a fun manga style avatar with Mangatar!
  • Real Kana: Where you can practice your hiragana and katakana.
  • Daily Sudoku: Where you can puzzle over more Sudoku.

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 230 Gault St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •websitecreate a direct event link
!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

(0 A November 2018) Joya.jpgMothersong Santa Cruz with Joya Winwood

Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30


Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.

 

All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library La Selva Beach
READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Appointments available very Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm. Runs Oct 2, 2018 - July 25, 2019. Program will have holiday breaks. Check library online calendar.

By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
CodeCombat at Live Oak Public Library
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CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-May 29) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Ages 11-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Register early! Class will fill up.

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!

Join us at the Live Oak Branch Library. Ages 11-18. Program meets every Wednesday from 1:30PM - 3PM. Begins Oct. 3rd and runs through May 29th, 2019, with breaks during holiday's. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

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Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create a direct event link
Homeschool Day at the Seymour Center
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Explore your ocean!
Date: 03/06/2019 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: K-12 Admission Fees: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Members FREE
Special Instructions: Register in advance to receive $1 off admission fees.

Explore the Seymour Marine Discovery Center's incredible marine ecosystems through live animal investigations and activities designed especially for homeschool students and families.

(0 A March) Seymour_LogoMarch2019.jpg• Engage with live animals and scientific models during hands-on, marine science investigations facilitated by skilled Seymour Center volunteer instructors and education staff (10 AM-12:30 PM)

• Create ocean-themed craft activities (10 AM-12:30 PM)

• Explore scenic trails on the coastal science campus to learn about gray whales, blue whales, marine terraces, and restoration of seaside prairies and seasonal wetlands.

• All day access to the Seymour Center's aquarium and exhibits showcasing more than 80 different species of animals, invertebrate and shark touch pools, and interactive exhibits.

Admission fees apply. Register in advance to receive $1 off admission fees: seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/homeschool-day.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Date: Every Wed (Oct 11-May 22) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future.

 

The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age.

 

No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

Dates: Weeks of October 11 to May 22

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Pruning!
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Live Oak Grange
Come learn and practice the fundamentals of winter fruit pruning
Date: Every Wed from 11:30pm to 12:30pm

Special Instructions: All are welcome!

CA Rare Fruit Growers will be doing the annual pruning in the Live Oak Grange orchard on
Saturday, February 16th from 1 until 4 pm or so.

 

Come learn and practice the fundamentals of winter fruit pruning, as we maintain the orchard at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange. This is a hands-onworkshop: bring your cleaned and sharpened pruning shears, loppers, and pruning saws.

 

No need to register, just show up ready to learn and help, and bring a friend!

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Girls Who Code
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Library Scotts Valley
3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a
Date: Every Th (Jan 17-Mar 21) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

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Girls Who Code (GWC) is a program meant to bridge the gender gap in the field of tech.


In Session A, 3rd-5th grade girls will build sisterhood, read and reflect on the Girls Who Code book, and complete various challenges over a 10-week course.

 

Every Thursday

    January 17th-March 21st- 3:30pm - 4:30 p.m

 

Space is limited and attendees MUST register.

CLICK AND REGISTER


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Landscape Design
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn how to design a colorful, efficient native plant garden at this Master Gardener workshop.
Date: 03/07/2019 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A March) LandscapeDesignWorkshop.jpgWant a garden that's popular with pollinators? Learn how to design a colorful, efficient native plant garden at this Master Gardener workshop. Create a model garden that's sure to attract native wildlife, or bring your own lot plan to see what's possible at home.

Space is limited and registration is required. Save your spot here: https://bit.ly/2EuLYSs

About the workshop:

Designing a home garden using California Native Plants can create low water use habitats that invite birds, beneficial insects and wildlife into your garden, as well as year-round color. Workshop attendees will learn the best plant choices for their yards, where to place plants to maximize beauty and plant health, and design considerations for aesthetic and practical aspects. Working in small groups, attendees will design a model garden, or may use their own lot plan to design a home garden. Native plant books and resources will be available for purchase from the California Native Plant Society.

About the workshop leader:

Ramie Allard provides residential landscape design and installation services on the Monterey Peninsula. Ramie relocated from Redlands, California in 2011 and has designed and installed gardens for 12 years. Ramie has participated in seminars for Landscape Designers, Master Gardeners and public speaking on Designing with Mediterranean Climate Plants, Invasive Plant Species and Ocean Friendly Garden Design.


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Duct Tape Parenting- Stepping Back so Kids Can Step Up
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Pacific Collegiate School
Parent Educator Vicki Hoefle Speaks to Santa Cruz Parents
Date: 03/07/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults with children Admission Fees: Free

Five key obstacles that most parents face in their journey toward raising responsible, resilient children. Learn strategies that can "clear away the clutter" and create clarity.


Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids

Understand the five key obstacles that most parents face in their journey toward raising responsible, resilient children.

Learn to reinforce strategies that can "clear away the clutter" and create clarity that will guide your family for years.

 

Speaker Vicki Hoefle

A no-nonsense parent coach and educator, mother of six and author of Duct Tape Parenting, Vicki Hoefle challenges us to let our kids learn from their own mistakes - even if it takes a powerful adhesive to keep our mouths shut and hands firmly in our laps. She offers a new perspective on what it means to be an effective, engaged parent and how giving our children space to solve their own problems is key to self-regulation and self-confidence. Hoefle will also help us navigate the tricky terrain of co-parenting and provide resources and tools to help guide us towards collaborative decision making.


Location: 3004 Mission Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 479-7785 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Legos at Garfield Park
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Library Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Date: Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
Date: Every Th (Sep 6-Apr 27) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgSCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18. Gamers will create teams by age.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Grupo de Triple P de 8 Semanas: Para familias, nios 2 - 12 aos
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TripleP
Asista por 8 semanas a este grupo de Triple P para conocer a otras familias y aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudaran.
Date: Every Th (Feb 7-Mar 28) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Para inscribirse: Comunquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

(0 A January 2019) TripleP_Share.jpgGrupo de Triple P de 8 Semanas: Para familias con niños 2 - 12 años
Cada jueves, del 7 de febrero al 28 de marzo, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Asista por 8 semanas a este grupo de Triple P para conocer a otras familias y aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudaran a: Fortalecer las relaciones en su familia; Fomentar conductas positivas; Enseñarle a su niño habilidades y comportamientos nuevos; Manipular las conductas disruptivas o problemáticas con mayor confianza; Cuidar de usted mismo como padre.
Este grupo es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitario, 18 W. Lake Ave, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitario, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
Phone: 8317242997 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Do you want to see more bike facilities in Watsonville?
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MBOSC
Learn about the future of cycle based recreation and transportation in Watsonville
Date: 03/07/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Do you want to see more bike facilities in Watsonville? Trails? Pumptracks? We sure do. The Watsonville Parks Department has begun work on several planning processes that will lay out the future of cycle based recreation and transportation in Watsonville, and they are asking the public what they would like to see. MBOSC has submitted a proposal to build a pumptrack at Ramsay Park, and we need the public to speak-up in support of it through this process to make it happen. Please attend one of the following meetings and speak-up for cycling access and facilities!


Interactive Workshops
These general workshops will gather input on the Strategic Plan and Master Plans.

  • Thurs, Feb 28, 6-8pm at Civic Plaza Community Room 
  • Sat, March 2, 12-2pm at Civic Plaza Community Room
  • Thurs, March 7, 6-8pm at Ramsay Park Family Center

Ramsay Park/Strategic Plan Specific Workshop

  • Wed, April 10, 6-8pm at Ramsay Park Family Center

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Bilingual Learn & Play
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Watsonville PAL
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am


(0 A February 2019) WatsPAL_BilingualLearnAndPlay.jpgLet's keep the streak going...
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.

Bilingual Learn & Play will start February 21st on Thursdays at our PAL Gym - 130 Rodriguez St 10:30 - 11:30am.

More than just a play group, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childhood education through a structured circle time followed by play based learning activities and opportunities for social connection.

We are so excited to bring this fun and interactive program to our community!

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions (831) 763-4147


#watsonville #watsonvilleyouth #policeactivitiesleague #watsonvillepal #californiapal #nationalpal #mothertoddlerprogram


Location: PAL Gym, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Helping Your Child Deal With Bullying
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TripleP
What you can do if your child is being bullied...
Date: 03/07/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605

Triple P Workshop: Helping Your Child Deal With Bullying
March 7, 6 - 7:30 pm
Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: How to recognize different types of bullying; Common reasons why children bully others; What you can do if your child is being bullied.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot. FREE child care is available with advance registration!

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School Library, 7155 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: San Lorenzo Valley Elementary Sc, 7155 Highway 9, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-6600 •website Felton create a direct event link
Navigating the Teen Years
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting
Date: Every Th (Jan 31-Mar 28) from 6:30am to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80 per person -- $120 couples special
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for group rates and scholarships

Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline class series

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of teens and tweens) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include the adolescent brain, social-emotional learning, seeking identity, belonging, and significance, the essential role of parents during this very challenging time, mutual respect, establishing and upholding limits around screentime, connection before correction, power struggles, and talking with your kids about sex and drugs.

 

No class on Feb.14th!

 

Facilitated by Kenza Temsamani, Certified Positive Discipline Educator

 

Cost: $80 per person -- $120 couples special -- $40 per person if taken as a refresher. $20 for the PD book which is sold separately and is optional.

 

Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for scholarships, specials, and other info

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Location: Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Organic Produce Pop Up
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UCSC Farm
AFFORDABLE ORGANIC PRODUCE FROM THE CASFS FARM AND SANTA CRUZ FARMERS MARKET
Date: Every Th (Jan 22-Mar 26) from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Special Instructions: Tues: RCC Quad, Fri: Quarry PlazaCash

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AFFORDABLE ORGANIC PRODUCE FROM THE CASFS FARM AND SANTA CRUZ FARMERS MARKET

Tuesdays, 10am-2pm, RCC Quad

Fridays, 10am-2pm, Quarry PlazaCash

Check, and EBT payment accepted

 

Get low-cost organic produce from the UCSC Farm and other local organic growers.

Tuesdays, 10am-2pm, RCC Quad  ~  Fridays, 10am-2pm, Quarry PlazaCash

Tuesday, January 22 at 10:00am to 2:00pm


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 

December

This month our Citizen Science series offers a discussion about the various ecological and social solutions for living with fire on the Central Coast. Our presenter, Dr. Lee Klinger leads a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Klinger is a tree care practitioner living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life. He has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding at Dawn
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see and photograph birds...
Date: Every day (Mar 8-Mar 10) from 6:00am to 9:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

Birding at Dawn

Calling all budding and experienced bird watchers and nature photographers! Offered to members and the public for the first time ever, come discover the Arboretum at dawn!

 

Don't wait for Hummingbird Day ~ now scheduled for May 11.

The Allen's Hummingbirds have returned to breed and are buzzing around the gardens! Come watch or photograph their amazing acrobats and elegant plumage.

 

The Arboretum Gate will open at 6am. Cost for this rare opportunity is: $10/person for Arboretum Members (must present current membership card) $15/person for Non-members.

 

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When: March 8, 9, & 10 6am - 9am.

 

Tickets and Memberships can be purchased at the front gate each day of the event or online here. 

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Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-502-2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Code Combat at Downtown Public Library
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Library Central
Game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) at 10:30am
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday, 10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers retirement by design in October, preparing for the unexpected in November, and estate planning in December.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 1390 West Park Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The MAKE Lab
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Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years

The MAKE Lab

Santa Cruz Public Libraries' very own makerspace offers a variety of tools and materials for STEAM-based projects! Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come in to learn, explore, and have fun! 

 

Tools include:

  • FlashForge CreatorPro 3D printer
  • Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter
  • Walnut Hollow woodburning tool
  • Walnut Hollow versa/soldering tool
  • American Button Machines 1.5" pinback button machine
  • Fellowes thermal book binding machine
  • Oculus Rift virtual reality set
  • MakeyMakey circuit pack
  • Botley the Coding Robot
  • MakeDo cardboard construction kit
  • Brother sewing machine
  • screenprinting kit
  • glass etching kit
  • wire wrapping and jewelry making supplies
  • book upcycling/repurposing projects

Tools are limited in quantity and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Introductory materials and training will be available onsite--elaborate projects or special materials will need to be brought by participants. Kids 13 and under will need parental permission and supervision. Staff will be available to help answer questions and train patrons on more difficult tools. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Friday, March 8
Friday, March 22, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Financial Fridays: Debt & Credit
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Financial Fridays: Debt & Credit - Come with your teens!!
Date: 03/08/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Jennipher Lommen from Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) a non-profit organization, wants to help consumers make intelligent financial decisions to achieve their life goals. FPA benefits the public by helping to ensure that financial planning is delivered through competent, ethical financial planners.


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) BikePartyStripes.jpgIt takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! So many different types, so little time! From zebra to tiger, rainbow to candy cane, where's waldos to fashionistas, and beyond!

SC Bike Party loves your creativity and building community on bicycles. Come join us for our January ride. Costumes encouraged, but definitely not required.

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme. But cha don't gotta...

SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month,
all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.


Guidelines

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:
- Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

(0 A November 2018) Wats_HistoricalAircraftDay.jpgSecond Weekends @ Watsonville Airport

Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Chix in the City, Hens in the Hood
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Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
Learn about the joys of keeping chickens without annoying your neighbors i
Date: 03/09/2019 from 9:30am to 11:30am


(0 A 0 March) ChicksInCity.jpgCome learn about the joys of keeping chickens without annoying your neighbors in this workshop led by UC Master Gardener Candice McLaren. Find out what the best breed is for you and your family, the beautiful options there are for your birds and eggs, and if raising chicks or rescuing from Animal Services is right for you.

 

You'll also get great ideas about how to design and place a chicken coop and how to transition baby chicks to the coop.

 

Following the workshop, take an optional stroll up to the UCSC Farm to visit the chickens in the Life Lab garden


Location: 305 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!
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State Park Big Basin
You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how i
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!
Saturday, June 15 from 11am to 1pm

Come to the campfire center and look through a solar telescope at the sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how it shines. There will be sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks. 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Beginners' Genealogy Workshop
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Beginners' Genealogy Workshop
Date: 03/09/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A January 2019) FamilyTree_2019.jpgThe Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County is offering an afternoon workshop for those interested in getting started with genealogy. SSCC member Mike Epperson will present an "Introduction to Genealogy". It is aimed towards beginner researchers or it can serve as a refresher course for those wanting to recharge their basic research skills.

 

Topics will revolve around family research basics such as:
Getting started on your tree

  • Basic Forms
  • Free research databases available with your SCPL library card, such as Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, Heritage Quest
  • Tips for using Ancestry.com Library edition
  • Software programs available for recording your tree
  • GSSCC library collection and resources available at the SCPL
  • Local papers on microfilm & Newpapers.com
  • Overview on how to use a census
  • DNA basics

This workshop is free and open to the general public. For more information visit www.scgenoc.org under upcoming events or call 427-7707 ext. 5794.


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 03/09/2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard's Roost

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard's Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Guided Walk: McNee Ranch
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State Park McNee Ranch
Easy 2 mile hike along Gray Whale Cove Trail
Date: 03/09/2019 from 10:00am to 12:45pm


Guided Walk: McNee Ranch

Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil's Slide. For more information, please call (650) 726-8814.

 

Event free.


Location: Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Hwy 1, Pacifica Map
Phone: (650) 726-8819 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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Coastal Watershed
The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.


Faults, Floods, and Fossils Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Explore the geologic history of the San Lorenzo Valley, how to identify the different kinds of rocks, river processes, faults, floods, and fossils. We are looking forward to this repeat of Frank Perry's popular walk, described here.


Field Journaling along the San Lorenzo River Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Explore Coastal Watershed Council's San Lorenzo River Habitat Enhancement site with local artist Melody Overstreet. Learn about the ecological community at the San Lorenzo River through observation, plant care, drawing and guided reflection. We will develop our naturalist eye through the practice of drawing plant species and the landscape.


Indigenous People in the San Lorenzo Valley Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the first people to live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. How did they interact with the abundant natural resources? What evidence do we have to learn about their lifestyles? Where are they now? More information on the tour to be announced soon.


Bilingual Bird Walk - Camino Bilingüe Sobre Los Aves Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that live here. Learn to observe birds who come from near and far to the San Lorenzo River. Local bird enthusiast Nanci Adams, will lead the bilingual walk. This tour is great for all ages!

 

Camine a lo largo del río San Lorenzo y descubre las diferentes familias de aves que viven allí. Aprender a observar las aves que vienen de cerca y lejos a nuestro Río. Nanci Adams, una entusiasta de aves, conducirá el paseo bilingüe. La caminata es una gran oportunidad por todas las edades!


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Luck o' the Castros
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State Park Castro Adobe
Enjoy a festive atmosphere and a snack from our restored cocina along with your sneak preview of this one-of-a-kind family home
Date: 03/10/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Luck comes and goes, but good choices have preserved the Castro Adobe for the last 170 years. Come for a fun, early spring day on the Rancho and learn about the fortunes of this historic hacienda and the family that once called it home, plus an unexpected connection to Irish history in the New World through Saint Patrick's Battalion!

 

Guided tours will be offered at 11:15 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., with a presentation on the Women of the Castro Adobe at 2 p.m.. We'll be making green tortillas in the cocina, plus cookie decorating for the kids, so bring the whole family!

 

The Castro Adobe is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged).

 

 

The direct hit from 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake should have crumbled the Castro Adobe into a cloud of dust, but more than a century of hard work, (mostly) wise decisions, and yes, luck, kept the Castro Adobe (mostly) together.

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 226-9669 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
For Goodness Snakes
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Open to anyone interested in snakes and their lives in the wild.
Date: 03/10/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages

For Goodness Snakes - at Quail Hollow Ranch County Parks on March 10, 12-1PM. For ages 7+. Fee: $3/person.


Please sign up in advance by calling 831-335-9348.

 

In this exciting and interactive presentation, you'll get a chance to see and hold (only if you want to!) a blue- tongued skink, four different kinds of ball pythons, and a 13-ft. albino Burmese python! Brian will discuss snake senses and how these animals live and interact with the wild. For the past 15 years Brian Gundy of For Goodness Snakes has been educating and entertaining children and adults with his reptile friends. He has worked with exotic animals such as birds of prey, African lions, Cheetahs, and domesticated animals of all kinds.

 

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Pickwick Book Club
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Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 13-May 12) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Pickwick Book Club Discussion


Brought to you by the Dickens Project at UCSC & Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


The Santa Cruz Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly September-June to discuss a nineteenth century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

 

January book: Our Mutual Friend (Book IV) by Charles Dickens


February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

 

2nd Sundays: January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th and June 9th

2:00 - 4:00pm


Questions? Visit dickens.ucsc.edu or call 831/459-2103


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Beginning Birding
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.
Date: 03/10/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ages: All ages

Join Jim Williams, President, Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch and an avid birder, for a leisurely hike through Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, in search of our fine, feathered friends. No previous birding experience is necessary; open to anyone interested in birds and their antics. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and some drinking water. Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.

 

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Art and Science Talks - UC Santa Cruz
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UCSC
Powerful exchange of ideas based in the arts and across the sciences-from social sciences to natural sciences and technology
Date: 03/12/2019 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm


Art and Science Talks - UC Santa Cruz

You're invited to an evening of art and science presented by UC Santa Cruz and the Institute of Arts and Sciences at UCSC. Leonardo Art and Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) sets the stage for the powerful exchange of ideas based in the arts and across the sciences-from social sciences to natural sciences and technology.

Join us March 12 for stimulating performances and presentations by theater and opera director Marianne Weems, cosmologist Alexie Leauthaud, poet Ronaldo Wilson, and documentary filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor.


Show time: 6:60 PM, doors 5:30 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: www.secure.ucsc.edu
Event website: www.calendar.ucsc.edu


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P: Ayudando a los adolescentes a lidiar con la ansiedad
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Triple P
Causas comunes y seales de ansiedad en los adolescentes...
Date: 03/12/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: En espaol. (831) 724-2997 x211

Taller de Triple P: Ayudando a los adolescentes a lidiar con la ansiedad
12 de marzo, 5:30 - 7 pm
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Asista a este taller GRATIS de crianza para aprender: Causas comunes y señales de ansiedad en los adolescentes; Qué hacer si su adolescente es ansioso; Consejos para ayudar a los adolescentes a desarrollar habilidades saludables para sobrellevar la ansiedad.

Este taller es GRATIS y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La biblioteca pública de Watsonville, la sala de reuniones, 275 Main St, #100, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org
o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La biblioteca pblica de Watsonvi, 275 Main St, #100, Watsonville Map
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WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Art & Play in the Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Come experience the joy of early childhood learning!
Date: 03/13/2019 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddler, preschool, kindergarten Admission Fees: free

Parents of toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten. RSVPs encouraged. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
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Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
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Sacramento Craft Show
Date: Every day (Mar 14-Mar 16)


(0 A 0 March) Quilt_Rhino.jpgQuilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at Cal Expo Fairgrounds.

SACRAMENTO'S BIGGEST & BEST CREATIVE SHOW IS ALMOST HERE

MAR 14TH-16TH AT CAL EXPO. $5 OFF / 50% OFF COUPON


You won't believe the Color, Creativity and Quiltyness of our SACRAMENTO Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival! Coming on MAR 14-16th at Cal Expo / 1600 Exposition Blvd in Sacramento / park in Lot D.

 

Don't miss this super show! Share this post and invite all your friends & family for a super time. Just check out these amazing photos! Woo Hoo...can't wait to see you all soon.

 

For show programs or a printable coupon see www.quiltcraftsew.com


Location: Cal Expo Fairgrounds, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento Map
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Legally Speaking: Elder Law
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Libraries - All
Legal questions welcome: Elder Law
Date: 03/14/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Feb 14 Aptos Branch

This March we will discuss Elder Abuse. Local attorneys Anna M. Penrose-Levig of Penrose Chun & Gorman, LLP, Pamela Simmons of Simmons & Purdy, and Assistant District Attorney William Atkinson will provide information regarding how seniors in our community can protect themselves. The presenters will address a variety of common situations including different examples of financial elder abuse and various types of fraud commonly targeting seniors.

 

The presentation will address legal and practical tools that seniors can use to protect themselves from being victimized, as well as how they may be able to recover money and property wrongfully taken from them. William Atkinson will share information about: current types of scams being perpetrated against seniors and consumers in Santa Cruz County; how to identify and prevent falling victim to these types of scams; who to report these scams to; and tips to remember before responding to an unsolicited offer via the telephone, mail, email, or at your front door.

 

Anna M. Penrose-Levig will share information about how seniors can protect themselves with basic estate planning tools. She will also provide information about civil law suits that can be brought to address financial elder abuse. Pamela Simmons will share information about the many different ways scammers seek to rob seniors of their savings, home equity or even just their piece of mind.

 

Upcoming Legally Speaking Events:

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 'Coastal Access' w/ Gary Redenbacher @SCV

Thursday, May 9, 2019 'Labor Law' w/ Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA) @ DTN


All events are 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Upcoming events in the series include:

  • Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose at the Downtown Library
  • Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 Coastal Access with Gary Redenbacher at the Scotts Valley Library
  • Thursday, May 9, 2019 Labor Law with Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA) at the Downtown Library

All events are 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Other events in the series include:

  • Thursday, Feb 14: Estate Planning with Emily Buchbinder at the Aptos Library
  • Thursday, Mar 14: Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose at the Downtown Library
  • Thursday, Apr 11: Coastal Access with Gary Redenbacher at the Scotts Valley Library
  • Thursday, May 9: Labor Law with Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA) at the Downtown Library

Location: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Scotts Valley, CA
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Legally Speaking
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Libraries - All
Legal questions welcome: Immigration, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Labor Law, Coastal Access
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Feb 14-May 9) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Check locations

Legally Speaking

 

Legally Speaking is a new free monthly series of discussions with Q & A on various legal and financial life event topics. In the series, Santa Cruz County Bar Association recommended lawyers and finance/business professionals answer questions about the most frequently experienced legal issues faced by people in our community. These discussions will take place at various locations throughout the county on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

 

All events are 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

  • Thursday, Feb 14: Estate Planning with Emily Buchbinder at the Aptos Library
  • Thursday, Mar 14: Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose at the Downtown Library
  • Thursday, Apr 11: Coastal Access with Gary Redenbacher at the Scotts Valley Library
  • Thursday, May 9: Labor Law with Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA) at the Downtown Library

Location: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Scotts Valley, CA
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2019 Season Subscription
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Mountain Community Theater
Theater at its delightful best in Ben Lomond!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Mar 15-Dec 15)
Ages: 12+

2019 Season Subscription

2019 SEASON TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE - THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS OR BY CALLING 800-838-3006, THEIR 24/7 CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER.

Here's a list of the shows in our 2019 season. All performances are at Park Hall in beautiful downtown Ben Lomond.

 

March 15 - April 7
FOUR OLD BROADS
By Leslie Kimbell
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil
Four Old Broads is a new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women who are living at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living home. With fast-paced and quick-witted dialogue, it has been called "a laugh-out-loud hysterical play with a whole lot of heart." The play revolves around retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton who desperately needs a vacation, but NOT another trip to see that "precious little German village for the umpteenth time." She dreams of a trip through the Caribbean on a "Sassy Seniors Cruise," but encounters obstacles along the way, including the evil Nurse Pat Jones. Much laughter ensues as the gals try to solve a mystery at Magnolia Place by going under-cover. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.


May 17 - June 9
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
By Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Peter Gelblum
 A Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.  Also called "one of the top 10 plays of 2012" by Entertainment Weekly and "intensely smart and immensely funny" by the New York Times.  After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs - the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.


August 16-18
NEW WORKS WEEKEND
Produced by Alaina Boys
We will again be staging our New Works Weekend in August, featuring a staged reading of a new play by a local playwright. Each performance will feature a talk back with the cast and playwright.


September 20 - October 20
MAMMA MIA
By Catherine Johnson, with music by ABBA
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless 1970's hit songs, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.


November 22 - December 15
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Bill Peters

Chekov's masterpiece tells the story of an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage, and her increasingly desperate attempts to save the property.  The play's brilliance lies in its use of a critical historical moment - the aftermath of the abolition of serfdom in Russia - to explore and provide deep insights into families and relationships, all done with humor and intense drama.


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family


Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Bikes of Wrath
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Rio Theatre
A a funny, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful documentary that opens our eyes to the complexities of America
Date: 03/15/2019 at 7:00pm


(0 A February 2019) RioBikesofWrath.jpg"People's Choice" Award Winner - Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

Five Australian friends attempt to cycle 2600 kms from Oklahoma to California in honour of the mighty westward migration undertaken by "the Grapes of Wrath's" Joad family. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists explore the novel's core themes - migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity - and how the nation has progressed some 78 years after Steinbeck's Dust Bowl depiction was first published.

 

It is through countless acts of generosity from small-town individuals and communities, to desolating encounters with "unwanted" Americans, that the cyclists experience first-hand the startling parallels of the novel in a country still grappling with immigration, wealth disparity and, ultimately, its own sense of identity. The Bikes of Wrath couldn't be more timely. It's a funny, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful documentary that opens our eyes to the complexities of America, all while shining a positive light on the nation at a time when the world needs it most.

 


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $14
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.bikesof-wrath.squarespace.com
Event website: www.facebook.com/bikesofwrath


Location: 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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Four Old Broads
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Mountain Community Theater
A new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women
Date: Every day (Mar 15-Apr 7)
Ages: 12+

(0 A 0 March) MCT_FourOldBroads.jpgFour Old Broads is a new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women who are living at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living home. With fast-paced and quick-witted dialogue, it has been called "a laugh-out-loud hysterical play with a whole lot of heart."

 

The play revolves around retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton who desperately needs a vacation, but NOT another trip to see that "precious little German village for the umpteenth time." She dreams of a trip through the Caribbean on a "Sassy Seniors Cruise," but encounters obstacles along the way, including the evil Nurse Pat Jones. Much laughter ensues as the gals try to solve a mystery at Magnolia Place by going under-cover. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.

 

Our 2019 season opens on March 15 with Four Old Broads.  See the 2019 Season Subscription page with information about our equally fascinating and entertaining 2019 season. 

 

Season tickets for 2019 can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 800-838-3006, their 24/7 customer service number.

 

Reservations for subscribers for Four Old Broads are open.  Subscribers please visit Brown Paper Tickets  or by calling 800-838-3006, their 24/7 customer service number for tickets.

 

Tickets on sale now!

March 15 - April 7

Opening Night Reception, Friday March 15th, after the performance!
Community Night, Saturday, March 16th, all tickets Two for $20!
Talk-back with the cast and director, Sunday, March 24th after the performance!


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educ
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Arboretum
Phenology Walk: Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Jan 19-Mar 16) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults

(0 A January 2019) Arboretum_2019Phenology.jpgCalling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!

Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons? Would you like to help researchers study the effects of climate change? Join our phenology walk and workshop ! We will teach volunteers to monitor and gather data on when native plants leaf out, flower, form fruit and other seasonal changes through hands-on training. No experience necessary. Data collected will be submitted to USA-NPN databases.

 

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Phenology Workshop


The Science of the Seasons, Instructor, Karen Tanner

Please check-in at Norrie's Gift Shop; Free with your admission to the Arboretum. Meeting locations:

Saturday Jan 19: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Saturday Feb 16: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Saturday Mar 16: picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop

Calling All Citizen Scientists! Hikers! Families! Students! Educators!

 

For details about the Arboretum's Phenology Walk, visit the Phenology Walk http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/education/phenology-walk/

 

Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up in advance here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-502-2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Sheep to Shawl Fiber Arts Fair
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Live Earth Farm
Bring the family to participate in the process of bringing wool from the sheep to the shawl, including every step in between.
Date: 03/16/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $5 per person

(0 March 2018) SheepToShawl2018.jpgSheep to Shawl Fair will feature hands-on stations demonstrating the progression of processing wool. Children and adults will be able to interact with the sheep and shearer, dye yarn, make drop spindles, try knitting and crocheting, and wash and comb yarn, all with expert help and child-friendly tools.

Join us for our annual Sheep to Shawl Fiber and Makers Fair!

Load up the family for a day of fun participating in the process of bringing wool from the sheep to the shawl - including every step in between! Local food and drink will be available. Tickets $5 per person, children under 3 free! All proceeds go to support @farmdiscovery educational programming. Come celebrate with us rain of shine!


Location: 1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)728-2032 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Parking Lot Party
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The Parish Public House
Children welcome!
Date: 03/17/2019


(0 A 0 March) LeprechaunsDancing.jpgJoin us this Sunday 3/17 for our 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parking Lot Party from noon to 6 pm. We will have live music, food and drinks, games, and face painting for the kids!

The Parish Aptos will be open from 10am until (at least) midnight and we are proudly serving Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Nachos, Jameson, and other food and drink specials to celebrate St Pat's!

 

Slainte!


Location: 8017 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: 831-708-2036 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Science Sunday: Sea Star Wasting Syndrome
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
An Unfolding Story about a sea star disease...
Date: 03/17/2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

Sea star wasting syndrome has taken a heavy toll on Monterey Bay's sea star populations in the last five years. Among the hardest hit species were the ochre stars, iconic tidepool residents and important keystone predators. Researchers are searching for potential culprits, documenting the spread of this disease, and tracking sea star recovery along the Pacific Coast. Scientists are also monitoring tidepools for changes related to the ochre stars' absence.

Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center to learn about the unfolding research surrounding this disease and how sea star wasting syndrome affects Monterey Bay.

(0 A 0 March) Seymour_LogoMarch2019.jpgScience Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.
  -Lectures are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
  -Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
  -Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
  -Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.
  -Lectures include time for a few questions at the end.
  -Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
FSCPL's Love Monday at Discretion Brewing!
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Library Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Friends + Pop Up Book Sale + Beer = One AWESOME Monday
Date: 03/18/2019 from 11:30am to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults

(0 A March) Library_BeerAndBooks.jpgDiscretion Brewing supports local nonprofits through their Love Monday events and your Friends are excited to be a part of this on Monday, March 18th!

 

Benefiting the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Stop by Discretion Brewing (2703 41st Ave., Suite A, in Soquel) to talk with your Friends, have a beer, and browse through our Pop Up Book Sale!


Location: Discretion Brewing, 2703 41st Avenue, Soquel Map
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Rhythm Kids Free Demo Classes
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MusicalMe, Inc
Contact us today to register for classes for for a free trial class!
Date: Every Tues and Wed (Mar 19-Mar 27) at 4:00pm
Ages: 4-5 & 5-8 Admission Fees: FREE!
Special Instructions: Tu & W, Mar 19 & 20, 26 & 27

Free Rhythm Kids® demo classes hosted by MusicalMe, Inc.:

 

In Rhythm Kids® classes, students explore rhythm by playing with music from around the world. Music Together®-trained teachers lead dynamic classroom activities designed especially for early elementary students/preschoolers, and the discovery continues at home with the interactive Rhythm Kids videos, easily viewable on our app. As they drum, sing, and move to new rhythms, children naturally build musicality that helps them prepare for formal music lessons. Opportunities to solo, work in ensembles, and improvise support social and listening skills, self-expression, and self-confidence.


(0 A March) MusicalMe_RhythmKids.jpgRhythm Kids Level 1 (RK1) is the next musical step for your preschool child (ages 4-5) with a parent or caregiver.

 

Rhythm Kids Level 2 (RK2) is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5 through 8).

 

Bring your little ones and join us by registering for a free demo class of Rhythm KidsTM!  If you miss our demo classes, registration for Spring session is now open and classes begin April 8th and you are welcome to register for a free trial class during the session or register for the entire session. You can register in Santa Cruz and Cupertino at any time during the session - we prorate and offer payment plans!

 

DEMO CLASS SCHEDULE:

 

3/19 4pm 3709 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA (RK-1)

3/20 4pm 3709 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA (RK-2)

3/26 4pm 3709 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA (RK-1)

3/27 4pm 3709 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA (RK-2)

 

 Please call 831-438-3514 or email registrar@musicalme.comto register. Please note: due to the size limit of our classes, preregistration is required before attending.


Location: 3709 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner
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TripleP
How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life
Date: 03/19/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Phone (831) 724-2997 x211

Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner
March 19, 5:30 - 7 pm
Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.
Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn about: Parenting issues that often cause disagreements between partners; How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life; Tools to help partners support each other and work as a team.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz (Live Oak)


To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Celtic Music Night
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St Andrew Presbyterian Church
A bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and a
Date: 03/19/2019 at 7:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free,donations accepted

Celtic Music Night is a donation based series, and as is tradition, each of these fun-filled evenings include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, and is open to ALL ages.

Celtic Music Night website: http://celticmusicnight.com/
Celtic Music Night Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194642300895477/?fref=nf

(0 A 0 March) CelticMusicSymbol.jpgCome be a part of it! Mark your calendars now! Spread the word! Grab your friends, family, neighbors, and instruments and Check it out. 

Celtic Music Night is a FREE event, run by donations of any amount at the door if possible to help it continue-- just contribute what you can that makes sense for you, and your support is greatly appreciated in keeping folk tradition going. CDs and recordings of the artists are also available for purchase.

As is tradition, each of these fun-filled evenings at Celtic Music Night include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, so bring your instruments, questions, and good vibes- and ALL of this is ALL ages, and ALL for a nominal donation of any size at the door. So grab your friends, family, instruments, and head out to Aptos for a good time the way nature intended!

Join us for The Saint Patrick Series of Celtic Music Night! And keep an eye out for more Celtic Music Nights coming in April/May!

See you soon!

Cheers,
David Brewer
www.firescottishband.com


Location: 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos Map
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: next to Nickelodeon Theater

Autism Spectrum Support Group
Support is crucial to thriving as parents of children on the autism spectrum. This group is by and for parents to share space with each other and to problem solve challenges we might be facing... together!


No judgements here, just support We are LBGTQ FRIENDLY and parents on the spectrum who are parenting kids also on the spectrum.


We meet the second Tuesday of each month.
Support group is from 7-9pm and share resources 9-9:30pm


Questions? Contact Ali at: alihayes2003@yahoo.com


Location: 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Indie Film Project: Goshen
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Santa Cruz Film Festival
A powerful award winning documentary depicting the diet and active lifestyle of the indigenous Tarahumara, a light-footed runnin
Date: 03/21/2019 at 5:30pm


Join us for a special screening of Indie Film GOSHEN at Hotel Paradox.

FILM SYNOPSIS

 

(0 A 0 March) Goshen_Poster.jpgGOSHEN is a powerful award winning documentary depicting the diet and active lifestyle of the indigenous Tarahumara, a light-footed running tribe, who are striving to maintain their ancient culture against all odds. The Tarahumara are renowned for their incredible long distance running endurance and prevention of modern chronic diseases.

 

For centuries, the Tarahumara have found a safe place of refuge in the remote regions of the Copper Canyons and Sierra Madre mountains in Chihuahua, Mexico. Recently, drought and famine have threatened the Tarahumara's ability to sustain their ancient cultural traditions. GOSHEN takes you on a journey in the huarache-clad footsteps of these endurance athletes, highlighting the health benefits of safeguarding their way of life. Engaging and entertaining, GOSHEN will inspire you to take part in preserving the native seeds and running traditions of the Tarahumara.

 

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM  Reception, complimentary appetizers

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  Film Screening

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM  Q&A with Filmmakers

8:00 PM  Private dinner with filmmakers - Chef's special menue

 

FILMMAKER BIO
Dana & Sarah Films is a woman owned documentary film production company based in Santa Cruz, California. Founders, Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz, are the Producers and Directors of several award winning documentaries. GOSHEN has won 8 prestigious awards including the award for Best Locally Produced Film at the Santa Cruz Film Festival 2018. The documentary is a part of the permanent Film & Media Catalog at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in New York. The film received critical acclaim in the top running magazines including Competitor, Women's Running, Trail Runner, and Ultra Running. Since the premiere at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, GOSHEN has been broadcast on FNX and PBS nationwide. Dana & Sarah Films mission is to inspire social change by empowering people with creative solutions through documentary films.


Location: Paradox Hotel, 611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pleasure Point Third Thursdays
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Pleasure Point Community
Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!
Date: The 3rd Th of every month (Sep 20-May 16) at 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 A September 2018) PleasurePointThursdays.jpgPleasure Point has a new and exciting event to share! Every Third Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm, businesses will stay open for our community and feature local artists and makers. We will feature musicians and food trucks to create a lively atmosphere for families to enjoy. Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!


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California's Coast: Living On the Edge
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Part art, part science, part law, this unique evening adventure will explore the sometimes complex relationship between humans
Date: 03/21/2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $5 Off Museum Members (includes materials)
Special Instructions: Registration required.

Thursday, March 21 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Reserve your seat HERE
Free with Admission*
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.


(0 A 0 March) CaliforniaCoast_LivingOntheEdge.jpgAbout the talk:

Join environmental writer and marine wildlife photographer Kim Steinhardt for an inspiring, photographic journey into California's coastal past, present and probable future. Both a lifelong Californian and experienced legal professional, Steinhardt will color the evening's talk with the legal, environmental, historical, and personal perspectives he's earned as an educator and protector of California's coast. Part art, part science, part law, this unique evening adventure will explore the sometimes complex relationship between humans and nature, with insights on everything from the latest challenges faced by the threatened southern sea otter to the timely issues covered in his recent book, "The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California's Coast," co-authored by local ocean expert and UCSC's Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences Gary Griggs.

 

About the speaker:

Kim Steinhardt's photographic work and coastal storytelling appears in books and other media, including National Geographic's Explore My World series, where he has served as a photo contributor and consultant. He is a former administrative law judge who also teaches law courses on legislation, emphasizing ocean protection and advocacy. Kim is president of the board of directors of the Friends of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center of Long Marine Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


*$4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | Free for Members and Youth Under 18
Do you have an idea for a future Naturalist Night?  Let us know at education@santacruzmuseum.org.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Youth Art
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Palace
Amazing kids art show! Join us please.
Date: Every day (Mar 22-Apr 10) at 6:30pm


Palace is a proud sponsor of the Youth Art Exhibit. See over 300 pieces from classrooms across the county on exhibit at the County Government Center from March 22nd through May 10th!


Location: County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Friday Evening Program
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Hartnell College Planetarium
Our Evening Shows are geared towards an audience looking to explore more complex material while still enjoying a fun and enterta
Date: Every Fri (Mar 22-May 17) from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ages: Mature 3rd graders and up Admission Fees: $4 - $5
Special Instructions: Pay at the door by cash or check only. Discounts for Seniors, Military and all students. Doors open fifteen minutes before show time.

For over 40 years the planetarium at Hartnell College has opened its doors to the public for regular evening shows. In continuing this tradition please check out either our Children's show or our Evening show. It has also hosted events celebrating Halley's Comet, the Voyager Missions, and the New Horizons Flyby of Pluto. To find out more about such special events please check out our special events page.

 

Some general rules when visiting the planetarium:

  1. Do not be late, this is a one man operation and I physically cannot run the show and let people in at the same time.
  2. No food or drink. Water is fine.
  3. Cell phones on silent and put away. Even on the dimmest setting, cell phones light up the whole room. Please respect other peoples visit, leave them in your pocket.
  4. No light up shoes. While they may be adorable, they also light up the whole room. If you do accidently bring your young one in illuminated footwear, please simply take the shoes off for the duration of the show.
Friday, March 22 - 6:45pm Undiscovered Worlds
Friday, April 5 - 6:45pm Undiscovered Worlds
Friday, April 12 - 6:45pm Dark Matter Mystery
Friday, April 19 - 6:45pm Dark Matter Mystery
Friday, April 26 - 6:45pm From the Earth to the Universe
Friday, May 3 - 6:45pm From the Earth to the Universe
Friday, May 10 - 6:45pm Life: A Cosmic Story
Friday, May 17 - 6:45pm Life: A Cosmic Story


Location: 411 Central Avenue, Salinas Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Star programs for children
Date: Every Fri (Mar 22-May 17) at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.

 

Show Times Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min

 

Tickets Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).

 

(0 A January 2019) Hartnell_EarthMoonSun.jpgSeason Schedule

Friday, March 22, 5:15pm Sesame Street: One World, One Sky
Friday, April 5, 5:15pm Sesame Street: One World, One Sky
Friday, April 12, 5:15pm Stars
Friday, April 19, 5:15pm Stars
Friday, April 26, 5:15pm Larry Cat in Space
Friday, May 3, 5:15pm Larry Cat in Space
Friday, May 10, 5:15pm Earth, Moon, and Sun
Friday, May 17, 5:15pm Earth, Moon, and Sun


Location: S-101 S Building, 411 CENTRAL AVE, Salinas Map
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Youth Rock Show
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MAH
Enjoy a tasty meal, beverage and music by kid rock bands!
Date: 03/22/2019 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A 0 March) MAH_RockKids.jpgYouth Rock Show in Abbott Square

 

Enjoy live music from the Rio Del Mar Elementary School's Rockband, the Aftermath, the Aptos Junior High School Rockband, and their Music Instructor Martin Sweets' Celtic rock band, the Pub Grubs, out in Abbott Square.

 

Grab a tasty meal or delicious beverage in Abbott Square Market. Explore the interactive art and history exhibitions just a few steps away inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Run into old friends and make new ones in the plaza.

 


Location: Abbott Square, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Children's Business Fair
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Expedition Academy
Join us; meet young entrepreneurs!
Date: 03/23/2019 from 11:00am to 2:00pm


Our young Explorers, ages 10-13, are launching their very own businesses on Saturday March 23rd at our Westside Santa Cruz Studio!

Unique crafts and creations, foods and desserts, this is a market you don't want to miss!

Come support our young entrepreneurs from 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Circle Church in Westside Santa Cruz!


Location: 111 Errett Circle , Santa Cruz Map
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San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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Coastal Watershed
The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.

Fungus Amongus Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.

 

Join us for a morning of mushroom hunting in Sycamore Grove, Henry Cowell State Park. Learn from Phil Carpenter of the Fungus Federation about mushrooms: how they grow, how to identify common species and what we know and don’t know about this magic family of organisms. While exploring the area learn about the history and ecology of Sycamore Grove from City of Santa Cruz Park Rangers. Sign up.

 

Fungus, Flora, Fauna  Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.

As winter shifts to spring, nature stirs! Explore a beautiful and unique part of the San Lorenzo watershed, and see the late fungus and early flowers that welcome the first migratory birds to our area. This tour will be led by local naturalist Christian Schwartz and will take place in Quail Hollow Ranch County Park located at 800 Quail Hollow Road in Felton.


Levees and Climate Change Resilience Saturday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.

How will climate change affect the City of Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo River? Flooding, fire and drought are predicted to impact our community. Learn about steps the City is taking to address vulnerable areas like the San Lorenzo River and what actions you can take to prepare ourselves. This tour will take place on the Riverwalk and will be led by Tiffany Wise-West, the City of Santa Cruz Sustainability and Climate Change Manager. This tour is part of the 5th Annual State of the San Lorenzo River event occurring on March 23.


Crawling Critters Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

In this exploration of creatures thriving on and along the San Lorenzo River, we'll look toward the ground to find the scaled, fanged, barbed, and spineless creatures that often spook and surprise us. Though they may seem alien to some, many of these animals hold amazing adaptations, like neurotoxic tissues or heat-sensing faces.

 

San Lorenzo River 2019 BioBlitz! Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.

On Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day 2019, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 3rd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River at the Tannery Arts Center. This is the culminating event of the Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series. What better way to put your new knowledge of the San Lorenzo River ecosystem and wicked identification skills to use. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.

 

Landscapes and Activism Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the history of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz from 1955 to 2005 and how transformations of the river landscape impacted the local ecology and human history. Check out old photos of the levees and surrounding downtown. During the tour, we will walk the Santa Cruz Riverwalk taking frequent breaks to take in the modern landscape and discuss how it came to be.

The tour will start at the Museum of Art and History.


Faults, Floods, and Fossils Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Explore the geologic history of the San Lorenzo Valley, how to identify the different kinds of rocks, river processes, faults, floods, and fossils. We are looking forward to this repeat of Frank Perry's popular walk, described here.


Field Journaling along the San Lorenzo River Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Explore Coastal Watershed Council's San Lorenzo River Habitat Enhancement site with local artist Melody Overstreet. Learn about the ecological community at the San Lorenzo River through observation, plant care, drawing and guided reflection. We will develop our naturalist eye through the practice of drawing plant species and the landscape.


Indigenous People in the San Lorenzo Valley Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the first people to live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. How did they interact with the abundant natural resources? What evidence do we have to learn about their lifestyles? Where are they now? More information on the tour to be announced soon.


Bilingual Bird Walk - Camino Bilingüe Sobre Los Aves Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that live here. Learn to observe birds who come from near and far to the San Lorenzo River. Local bird enthusiast Nanci Adams, will lead the bilingual walk. This tour is great for all ages!

Camine a lo largo del río San Lorenzo y descubre las diferentes familias de aves que viven allí. Aprender a observar las aves que vienen de cerca y lejos a nuestro Río. Nanci Adams, una entusiasta de aves, conducirá el paseo bilingüe. La caminata es una gran oportunidad por todas las edades!


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Polar Plunge for SPECIAL OLYMPICS
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Special Olympics
A crazy fundraising event where people raise a minimum of $125 for the opportunity to run into and out of chilly waters along wi
Date: 03/23/2019
Admission Fees: Raise/contribute $125

(0 A January 2019) PolarPlunge_2.jpgPlunge with a Purpose

Hop, skip, run or jump into chilly waters for our amazing Special Olympics athletes.  Whether you're a brave soul or a chicken, we invite you to join us as we Plunge with a Purpose - to encourage inclusion and change the way that people think about and treat individuals with intellectual disabilities.  

 

Funds raised will help us continue to create change in our communities and enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports.  Join the fun and make a difference! 

 

What is the Polar Plunge

Well first of all, the Plunge is NOT a swim. The Plunge is a crazy fundraising event where people raise a minimum of $125 for the opportunity to run into and out of chilly waters along with other brave souls with warm hearts.  If you can't "bear" the thought of chilly water then just register as a chicken.  You'll be excused from Plunging but still enjoy all the festivities and incentive rewards that our Plungers receive.  

 

Puppy Plunge

For an additional $15 registration fee, bring your favorite pooch to take the Plunge with you.  Don't forget their costume!

 

Plunge Perks

Have a blast! All registered participants who raise the minimum $125 are invited to the Pre-Splash Bash featuring breakfast food and other treats to provide some insulation before the icy Plunge.  Festivities will include awards for best costumes and top fundraisers, incentives and more. 

Costumes are strongly encouraged, that's half of the fun!  Dress to Impress!

Schedule of Events


10:00 a.m. - Registration opens and pre-plunge games begin
10:30 a.m. - Breakfast service begins
11:30 a.m. - Costume judging & awards
Noon - Polar Plunge!


Questions?  Please click the Polar Plunge Resources and Tools tab under Home on the left or contact Plunge@sonc.org.


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Salinas Air Show
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California Air Show
Don't miss the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and more!
Date: Every day (Mar 23-Mar 24) at 11:00am
Admission Fees: $15 - $45

Don't miss your chance to see the U. S. Navy Blue Angels Perform at the California International Airshow!

March 18, 2019, - Salinas, CA- After ten years, the United States Navy Blue Angels are back, to perform at the California International Airshow THIS weekend, March 23rd & 24th at the Salinas Municipal Airport! Not only will you be able to experience the thrill of watching the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform over the [...]
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California International Airshow Salinas Features Larger Than Ever STEM Runway For Hundreds of Students In Our Community

SALINAS, CA, March 12, 2019- This year the California International Airshow Salinas is featuring the largest STEM Runway in the history of the Airshow for children in our community. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Nine local organizations are deploying their employees to volunteer at the 39th annual California International Airshow. Hundreds of [...]
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Sean D. Tucker Adds Jessy Panzer to His Aerobatic Team!

Salinas, CA - March 11th, 2019 When Sean D. Tucker announced in 2019 that he planned on retiring from solo aerobatics after the 2018 airshow season and that his famous red bi-plane, the Oracle Challenger III, would be going to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on permanent display, he was already working on putting [...]
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The gates open at 9:00 a.m. each morning and the flying will start at 12:00 noon. We invite people to get there early to get a good seat and to enjoy all the wonderful exhibits and vendors that are in attendance. There is truly something for everyone.

 

From the North, you will want to follow the signage on US 101 for the airshow, which will direct you to the John St. Exit. Follow the "Airshow Parking" signs to E. Alisal St. where you will find directions for parking.


Location: 101, John St Exit, Salinas Map
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Summer Activity Fun Fair
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Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation
Meet instructors at City Parks and Rec Fun Fair
Date: 03/23/2019 from 11:00am to 2:00pm


Discover summer fun at the FREE Summer Activity Fun Fair

 

(0 A 0 March) FunFair2019.jpgThe fair is an opportunity to learn about Parks and Recreation's summer programs and to ask questions prior to summer registration opening Saturday, April 13. Meet summer camp leaders, junior guard and class instructors.

 

Play in our pop up park complete with bounce houses and food trucks. Participate in hands-on activities for kids and adults. Ensure your Parks and Recreation account is up-to-date and ready to roll for "Super Saturday" registration.

 

Enter a raffle drawing for some great prizes. FREE!

 

Meet:

Santa Cruz Junior Guard Instructors
Santa Cruz Parks and Rec Camp Leaders
Santa Cruz Library
Aikido of Santa Cruz
Camp SUP
Challenge Island
Hula Hooping for Holistic Health
Play Well
Raizes do Brazil Capoeira
World Cup Soccer
Adam Reber - Skate-of-Art
Daniel Lyra - Dark Chocolate Makers
Garth Taylor - KidsJiu Jitsu
Jordan Richter - Create-A-Skate
Liz Fowler - Volleyball and Science Camps
Mark Brewer - Volleyball
Mike Laird - Martial Arts

PLUS FOOD TRUCKS:
Rogue Pye
El Buen Taco
Aunt Lali's 

AND MORE!


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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She Is Beautiful!
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Dignity Health
Our Santa Cruz race course runs along the coast and finishes oceanside with a post race festival on Lighthouse Point in Santa Cr
Date: 03/23/2019


Grab your gals and join us for the 9th Annual 

She.is.beautiful Santa Cruz!

Whether you're participating in your first 5k or you're racing for prize money, ALL LEVELS are welcome and celebrated!

Saturday, March 23rd 2019 


At this time you can register for our She.is.beautiful Santa Cruz event individually or the series: Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara!

 

Empowering women and girls through movement and community in a supportive environment where they are able to take the lessons learned on the road and trail into the rest of their lives.  We believe that beauty is more of a feeling than a physical attribute. We believe everyone deserves to feel beautiful, strong, smart, and capable in their own unique way. We believe so strongly in the power of sweat and community. We think there is something powerful that happens when a women/girl learns how strong she really is and how this can impact the rest of her life.

 

She.is.beautiful was born on a dream, optimism, hard work, and love. It was fueled by a passion for running and to celebrate life in all its mess and beauty. Running brought so much strength, gratitude, power, and grounding to Melissa's life since she began running regularly on her high school's cross country team at age 15. Melissa knew her passion for running was a feeling shared with others yet she also aware there were many others who had yet to feel the magic...and she wanted to both change and celebrate just that. She.is.beautiful was built on the idea of showing and reminding women and girls how strong they truly are in their bodies can give them a new confidence that will positively affect other aspects of their life. Seeing a women or girl develop and own her body and life, that, that right there is beautiful!

 

Endorphins, kindness, joy, empowerment, and support for yourself and those around you...that is something worth celebrating!

 


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Bellies Birth Babies
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Birth Net
Everything new parents could want!
Date: 03/23/2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Free Family Event • Saturday, March 23, 2019 • Preregistration encouraged.

(0 A 0 March) BelliesBirthBabies_March.jpgPop up market place - prizes - workshops - mini-massages - demonstrations - baby wearing - singing - dancing

Pop-up Marketplace featuring: Mini Mint - children's clothing, toy & gifts, Primrose & Lace - maternity & nursing-wear, Tiny Tot's - diapering needs, Luma Yoga & Family Center - wellness & boutique items for families, Pretty Pokets - designer diaper bags

 

  • Hundreds of dollars worth of Door Prizes (prizes updated below)
  • Baby Wearing Fashion Show & Information by Santa Cruz Baby Wearing
  • Free mini massages by Luma Yoga and Wellness
  • Hands-on Demos - Learn about pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics from local birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers.
  • Lactation Station - Weigh your baby, learn about breastpumps
  • Womb Song - Prenatal Singing Circle
  • Community Resources
  • Don't have the whole afternoon free? You are welcome to just pop in.
  • Workshops - Your Labor Toolkit - Coping with the Intensity of Labor Baby's Here - Realistic Expectations
  • Child Passenger Safety Instructor - Find answers to your car seat safety questions

birth doulas - lactation support - midwives - childbirth educators - photographers - postpartum doulas - acupuncture - chiropractic - massage - fitness - resources - yoga - more!

 

If desired, you may choose from the following workshops

2:30 - 3:00 Free Workshop: Your Labor Toolkit - Coping with the Intensity of Labor

4:00 - 4:30 Free Workshop: "Baby's here: Realistic Expectations"

 

Meet with Birth Network's professional members and service providers.

Learn something new


Location: Pacific Cultural Center, 1305 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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WPENS Open House
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Westside Parent Education Nursery School
WPENS Open House -Preschoolers and their parents play, learn and grow together.
Date: 03/23/2019 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 Admission Fees: 0

WPENS is hosting an open house to fill the few openings we have in our classes on Saturday, March 23rd.

Preschoolers and their parents play, learn and grow together. This comprehensive preschool program brings out children's ideas and creativity. Adults develop their parenting skills and build friendships with other families.

Thrive in a supportive environment at this much-loved parent co-op, a part of the Santa Cruz Community since 1970. Its award-winning teachers inspire a passion for learning. Westside Parent Education Nursery School was the 2016 Santa Cruz Sentinel's Readers' Choice for Best Preschool! Visit our campus at 1231 Bay Street, meet our teachers and talk to other parents to find out why WPENS is their school of choice.

For the first time our Tuesday/Thursday afternoon class now offers a Performing Arts Preschool Program.


Our experienced professional puppeteer, storyteller, director and award-winning preschool/theatrical teacher. Dara Thornton will teach your children the skills they need to succeed in school as well as developing:
-Creativity
-Confidence
-Problem Solving
-Critical Thinking
-Collaboration
Ages 3-5 T/Th 12:15 - 3:00 PM


Performances are all literature based at our Westside Parent Education Nursery School Santa Cruz Sentinel's Readers' Choice Best Preschool 2016 located in the Bay View School Campus.


Location: Bayview School (WPENS on their c, 1231 Bay Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Dancing Through the Decades: 50th Anniversary Gala
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County
Dance with us through the decades --in costume!!
Date: 03/23/2019 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: $125 per person

LOCAL FOOD & DRINKS | DECADE THEMED COSTUMES | DANCING | LIVE & SILENT AUCTION | ALL FOR THE KIDS

Since 1969, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County has provided services to more than 30,000 of our communities' children and teens. Please join us at this very special Boys & Girls Club Gala and celebrating the years by Dancing through the Decades with floors of incredible foods, spirits and entertainment.

(0 A 0 March) BGClub_Dancing.jpgWe encourage guests to wear costumes/outfits in their favorite decade between 1960-2010.

 

What decade will you choose?


Tickets: $125 per person, limited to 300 guests.
Tickets are now available!

For more information, please call 831-423-3138 ext. 26


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & Histo, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Rockin' Pop Up
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Geology Gents are ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of spec
Date: 03/23/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free with admission, $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors
Special Instructions: Bring your rocks!

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For many of us, interactions with meteorites come only during events like the Perseid meteor showers (shown here thanks to NASA). But rest assured, you can get up close and personal with these astronomical objects at this month's Rockin' Pop-Up

 

Gavin and Graham, our "Geology Gents," will guide guests into the world of meteorites (and even show off a meteorite sample of their own), some of which are among the most ancient objects found on Earth. Bring all your questions and any rocks you'd like identified to this fun, free (with admission) and informal science chat, right here at the Museum.



10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Great for all ages | Free with admission: $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | FREE 18 & Under

About our Geology Gents:
Graham Edwards and Gavin Piccione are PhD students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

"I use the scientific tools of geochronology-the study and measurement of time in geologic materials- to answer geologic question about the ages of glaciers, the cooling of Earth's crust over billions of years, and the earliest stages of our solar system when rocky meteorites formed." -Graham Edwards

"My decision to become a geologist comes from a deep interest in how the Earth has changed through time and why it has evolved the way it did. My primary research interest is to reconstruct timelines of geologic events by finding the age of rocks. Much like a historian traces events and creates a timeline of human, I seek to use age measurements of rocks to trace the evolution of the Earth."-Gavin Piccione

 


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Old Time Music Jam
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Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm


Bring yourselves out to the 4th Sunday Old Time Music Jam under the trees and in the fresh air at Ocean View Park in Santa Cruz! An all-ages, dog-friendly gathering for experts, learners, and lovers of American old time music. Featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, mountain dulcimer and other traditional acoustic instruments, this welcoming gathering keeps alive a rich American musical tradition. Don't be shy. Bring your instruments and come play!

 

Free. Bring a sweater, a folding chair, and a snack to share.

 

Looking for music and ideas for getting started? Check out the ToneWay Project: https://toneway.com/

In the event of rain or cold, the jam moves inside at a private home near the park.


Location: Ocean View Park, 102 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Photography Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal
Date: 03/24/2019 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

​Photography Hike for Beginners

Sunday, March 24 at 3pm

Discover Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park through the lens of your camera and render its marvels and phenomena into an artistic language! During this four-hour saunter, you will explore the functions of your camera, create conceptually- and visually-stunning photographs, become more intimate with the park, and become part of a wonderful community! Make sure to bring your camera, water, proper recreational shoes, a sense of adventure, and your imagination. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Kids Day 2019
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Downtown Association
Performances, exhibits, games, science, art, yoga, legos, face painting, food and In-store specials
Date: 03/24/2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Kids Day Downtown

The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, in partnership with Growing up in Santa Cruz, is excited to present the return of Kids Day Downtown, a day long festival of activities, events and entertainment just for kids.

 

The sidewalks of Downtown Santa Cruz will be filled with exhibitors, free activities, and entertainment, plus in store activities and specials throughout downtown at your favorite businesses.

Come experience a great sample of community groups with great youth programming. Education, sports, arts, science, dance, theater, and other offerings will be present with hands on activities all day.

The festival runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday March 24th.


Location: 1134 Pacific Ave. , Santa Cruz Map
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Volunteer at Seymour!
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: Every day (Mar 24-May 5)
Ages: 15+

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgMake a difference for the ocean and join our team of exhibit guide volunteers.

 

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals (ages 15 and above) who enjoy working with the public and have an interest in learning and teaching about marine science.

 

Applications due by Sunday, May 5, 2019. Apply today! Spring exhibit guide training runs May 14–28.

https://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-job-descriptions/


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25)
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25) from 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Money Mondays
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Understand money! Great information for you!!
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Feb 25-Apr 22) from 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: in Upstairs Meeting Room

(0 A February 2019) Library_LisaBennett.jpgFinancial literacy is a critical skill for success in life. Join Lisa Bennett, whose mission is to help the next generation to rule the world financially! She believes understanding one's personal money mindset, as well as a basic understanding of financial planning, credit, insurance, and education on the various ways in which money can work FOR you are critical for the takeover!

Lisa Bennet graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management with a Masters in Technology Management. She is a former manager in the Fortune 50, and stands in the top 3% of wealth in the US. Her mission is to encourage youth to rule the world of finance.

4th Mondays of the Month
Downtown Library • 224 Church St.
4:00pm - 5:15pm


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P: Promoting Early Learning Skills
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Triple P
Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs ...
Date: 03/26/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: Please note: child care will not be available at this event.

Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Promoting Early Learning Skills
March 26, 3 - 4:30 pm
Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.

Attend this FREE workshop to get tips for teaching children with special needs skills for learning, such as making eye contact, imitating, following simple instructions, and independent play.

This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Light snacks provided. Please note: child care will not be available at this event.


Presented in English by: Darlene Coronado, Triple P Practitioner
Location: Live Oak Elementary School District, Board Room, 984-1 Bostwick Lane, Santa Cruz
For questions, contact the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Office at (831) 466-5700 or visit www.nsccselpa.org


Location: Live Oak Elementary School Distr, 984-1 Bostwick Lane, Santa Cruz Map
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Hidden Gems Film Club
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Not your ordinary film club!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month at 6:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to an evening of cinema. Come enjoy these "hidden gems." Every 4th Tuesday, see foreign films, documentaries, independents and even some mainstream movies you might have missed! If you wish, bring a snack to enjoy, and participate in the discussion!

 

​5:30PM Doors Open
​6:00PM Screening

Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Programs: 831-427-7717

EMAIL: cinephile95060@gmail.com

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HIDDEN GEMS FILM CLUB: NOT YOUR ORDINARY FILM CLUB!

Pop-up screenings of foreign language, arthouse, independent and documentary films hosted by the Santa Cruz Public Library branches - a celebration of cinema


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Youth Employment Workshops
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A free monthly series for youth (ages 14-25) focusing on employment strategies
Date: The 4th Tues of every month (Oct 23-Mar 26) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Youth Ages 14 to 25 Admission Fees: Free

A free monthly series for youth (ages 14-25) focusing on employment strategies presented by Patricia Greenway or Access2Employment. The first program will be an introduction and overview of the series. Subsequent programs will focus on Job Applications, Effective Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Job Search Techniques, and Acing the Interview. Workshops will be the 4th Tuesday of the month October 2018 thru March 2019, skipping December 2018.


Location: 6299 Gushee Street, Felton Map
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Free Book Giveaway
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Friends + Pop Up Book Sale
Date: 03/27/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm


FSCPL: Free Book GiveAway! @ Downtown Branch

Wednesday, March 27th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries - We Appreciate Your Support! Another Free Book GiveAway for the last Wednesday of the month! Location: Outside to the right of the Santa Cruz Library Downtown Branch entrance. FREE books from Friends of SCPL! * Weather Permitting*

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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2019 Watsonville Film Festival || STORIES MATTER
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Watsonville Film Festival
Featuring the theme #Stories Matter, the 7th Annual Watsonville Film Festival will present a powerful and inspiring program.
Date: Every day (Mar 28-Mar 31)
Admission Fees: free

2019 Watsonville Film Festival || STORIES MATTERWe are the multicultural film festival of the Monterey Bay.

From sold out events at the Mello Center to matinee screenings for students at the Green Valley Cinema and movies at the park, the Watsonville Film Festival has partnered with dozens of organizations and businesses to present diverse & strong voices in independent cinema.

 

We are expanding and establishing ourselves as the Multicultural Film Festival of the Monterey Bay. We believe that film is a catalyst to spark conversations, expand possibilities and transform communities.

 

BE PART of our annual celebration of film & community in the heart of Watsonville! Under the theme #StoriesMatter, the 7th Annual Watsonville Film Festival will present: More than 20 great films, including multiple Monterey Bay Premieres!

 

  • Q&A's with Award-winning Directors and up-and-coming talents from Mexico, San Diego, the Bay Area and Watsonville!
  • Live music, including a dance concert by local favorites Flor de Caña!
  • Free Talks on Directing / Producing / Acting by film industry professionals
  • World Premiere of short sci-fi film Service With A Smile, produced in Watsonville!

Four days of powerful and inspiring films, conversations, music & special events! Full program and tickets here: http://watsonvillefilmfest.org/2019filmselections

 


Location: E.A.Hall Middle School, 201 Brewington Ave, Watsonville Map
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Santa Cruz PaddleFest
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Santa Cruz Paddlefest
An event of these epic proportions is a joy to watch!
Date: Every day (Mar 28-Mar 31)
Admission Fees: Free

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The main event at the Lane has paddle surfers flocking to Santa Cruz from all over the globe to take advantage of one of Santa Cruz's most fabled breaks. The Lane breaks along West Cliff Drive and can hold waves of double overhead+.

 

The Santa Cruz Paddlefest has Steamer Lane as host to an elite surfing competition of Surf Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Waveskis. Each class competes separately doing dynamic maneuvers to earn points.

 

Competitors will surf through several 4 man heats eventually leading up to the Finals Sunday afternoon.


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STEAM - Make & Explore
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries.
Date: Every Fri (Mar 29-May 24) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 0-12

(0 A 0 March) Library_STEAM.jpgJoin your Santa Cruz Public Libraries Friday afternoons to make something creative or make a new discovery from 2pm-4pm!

 

Your library is partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to offer this weekly program. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds.

 

Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 6. We provide materials to explore creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes they will be building something for that day only. Please join us and have some fun!

 

Program Description: The STEAM fields of study are all intertwined in nature. Children, at all levels, will benefit from exploring and experimenting with a variety of natural, recycled, and art materials. This program might use nature's mathematical patterns of geometry, symmetry, fractals, and Fibonacci spirals. Thematic science, art, technology, and engineering from MOD's exhibits might inspire this program's open-ended projects.


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Preschool Storytime @ Aptos Library
Join us for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. For 3-6 year olds.


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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The Art of Nature - Opening Night
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy watching select artists perform their craft in-person during our April and May First Fridays
Date: 03/29/2019 at 5:00pm


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The Art of Nature

Open March 30 - June 2, 2019

Every year the Museum is proud to showcase Bay Area artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual exhibit, The Art of Nature.

 

The exhibit highlights the work of over 30 artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of media with a wide range of subjects, including: insects, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and geology.

 

Enjoy watching select artists perform their craft in-person during our April and May First Fridays, all while enjoying free snacks, wine and admission. From watercolor fungi to highly detailed, digital prints of buzzing bees and colorful crustaceans, this year's show will feature wondrous organisms from almost all branches of life.

 

Exhibit Events

March 29, 5-6pm:
VIP Artist Walkthrough. Learn More.

March 29, 6-8pm:
Members-only Opening Reception

 

April 5, 5-7pm
FREE First Friday - Live Demos of Science Illustration
Featuring: Patricia Larenas, Logan Parsons, Hannah Caisse, Yvonne Byers.

 

May 3, 5-7pm:
FREE First Friday - Live Demos of Science Illustration
Featuring: Sondra Cohelan, Terra Dawson, Julia Beery, Elizabeth Romanini.

 

Exhibit Artists

Anne Easely, Benjamin Witzke, Brett Bell, Chelsea Kintz, Diana Moll, Elizabeth Romanini, Erin Hunter, Emily Underwood, G. Lee Boerger, Hannah Caisse, Jean M. Witzke, Jessica Bender, Julie Beery, Kathy Kleinsteiber, Kevin Wiseman, Linda Valdes, Logan Parsons, Marcia Sivek, Mari Stauffer Howard, Maria Cecelia Freeman, Mariana Alwell, Megan Gnekow, Patricia Larenas, Sofia Vermeulen, Sondra Cohelan, Stephani Martin, Stephanie Rozzo, Terra Dawson, Tina Curiel, Vance Lawry, Yvonne Byers.

 

Full run of show Apr 5, 2019 - Jun 2, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Energy Programs Workshop
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Monterey Bay Community Power
A light breakfast, presentation about MBCP's current programs, and break-out sessions
Date: 03/30/2019 from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A 0 March) MBCPWorkshop.jpgDid you know that MBCP invests millions in local energy programs annually? You can have a say in what programs we focus on in 2020!

Do you have ideas about how MBCP can invest in electrifying our community? Join our Energy Programs Workshop where we will serve a light breakfast, provide a presentation about MBCP's current programs, and have break-out sessions with our community to brainstorm on ideas.


Location: 4th Fl, Civic Plaza, 250 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Jewish FilmFestival
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Jewish Film Festival
Really great Jewish films!
Date: Every day (Mar 30-Apr 4)
Admission Fees: Suggested donation $20 per person, $35 per couple, includes all movies and reception. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Established in 2000, the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival was inspired by the mutual love of Jewish film and baseball. We began with a single film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the first Jewish ballplayer in the major leagues.

 

With support from sponsors, community partners, volunteers, and patrons, the SCJFF has blossomed into a highly regarded cultural event. The festival is operated under the 501(c)3 charter of the Santa Cruz Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El of Aptos.

 

Mission

Our mission is to bring high quality Jewish-themed independent films to Santa Cruz. We proudly share the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience through the magical lens of film.

We seek to increase awareness of Jewish culture, history, and identity while building bridges across the spectrum of humanity.

 

We seek to entertain our audiences with globally diverse, award-winning feature and documentary films that encourage dialogue among people and promote empathy with the Jewish experience.

We respect all peoples and cultures and do not advocate or promote any political position or religion.

 

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Location: Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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The world's first SUP film festival
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Rio Theatre
Inspiring, water-based films featuring: Natural beauty. Conservation. Human spirit.
Date: 03/30/2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: General admission: $20 - Kids 12 & under: $12

(0 A 0 March) SUP_Film_Fest_Rio_2019.jpgThe world's first SUP film festival

At last, a film festival dedicated to awesome & inspiring SUP (Stand Up Paddling) films. 

 

In the same spirit that festivals like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the ReelRock Film Festival, and the Mountain Festival encourage mountain adventure & stewardship, the SUP Film Fest inspires water-based adventure, environmentalism, & community through the power of SUP & amazing film-making.  

 

All festival proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit Paddle4Good (tax id # 81-4321731) - which empowers & connects communities through inclusive, adventure-based water activities such as stand up paddling (SUP) for underserved populations such as those with special needs, life-saving education, environmental awareness, & more.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $20, kids 12 and under $12
Advance tickets: www.ticketspice.com
Event website: www.supfilmfest.com
Event website: www.paddle4good.org


Location: 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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Artist Walk
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State Park Henry Cowell
Artist Walk with Ann Thiermann
Date: 03/30/2019 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A March) Thiermann-Manresa_19.jpgJoin us for an artist's walk around the Redwood loop, where muralist and fine artist Ann Thiermann will demonstrate ideas about sketching redwoods.

 

The walk will be followed by a closing reception with stories from Ann about creating the individual paintings.

Ann is the artist behind the Pathways Through Our Parks series, now on display at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum.


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Driscoll's to the Rescue
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Meet some amazing furry friends! Eat, drink, aadopt!
Date: 03/31/2019 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Lee Asher is partnering with the SCC Animal Shelter this Sunday to raise awareness about the amazing dog breeds that can be rescued from our local organizations. Join us from noon to 2 P.M. to while volunteers bring over a few of their furry friends that are currently in need of a good home!


Location: East Cliff Brewing, 21517 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Creeping Forest Ramble
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: 03/31/2019 at 11:30am
Ages: All
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Creeping Forest Ramble
Sunday, March 31 at 11:30am 
Explore the natural history of this less-visited trail with docents JC and Becky on a 3-hour, 3.5-mile hike up and down the "creeping" terrain, along creeks, through fire-scarred redwoods, and over log bridges. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible my Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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California State Parks Backpacking Adventures
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State Parks Backpacking
Registration for Summer 2019 opens Friday, February 1 at 9am
Date: 03/31/2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: 18+ and 13-17 with parent Admission Fees: $225-300

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Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Three backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2019 ranging from two to three nights, offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, and sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, email backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and California State Parks.

Trip Options:

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach
$300; Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23, 2019

 

NEW! Just Added!

Skyline to the Sea, Second Trip: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach $300; Thursday August 15 through Sunday August 18, 2019

 

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach
$225; Friday July 19 through Sunday July 21, 2019

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park
$225; Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18, 2019


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